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dry spell

1. A period characterized by an extended lack of rain. My plants are looking all withered thanks to this dry spell we've had recently.
2. A period characterized by a lack of activity. Because I'm going through a dry spell as a freelancer, I'm constantly worried about how I'm going to pay my bills.
3. slang A period during which one has not been able to engage in sexual activity. No, I haven't had sex since I broke up with my girlfriend, OK? I'm just going through a dry spell right now.
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dry spell

Rur. a period with no rain. The dry spell killed the crops. We ain't had such a long dry spell since 1988.
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The provinces of Quezon, Camarines Norte, Northern Samar and Samar, meantime have been experiencing drought, while Antique, Northern Cotabato and Sarangani are enduring a dry spell.
PAGASA defined drought as three consecutive months of way below normal rainfall condition or below 60 percent reduction in average rainfall, while a dry spell is defined as three-consecutive months of below normal rainfall condition or 21-60 percent reduction in average rainfall.
Meanwhile, areas that will likely experience a dry spell are Benguet, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Aurora, Metro Manila, Batangas, Laguna, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Romblon, Camarines Sur, Masbate Sorsogon, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Basilan and Maguindanao.
A dry spell occurs when there are at least 15 consecutive days of less than 1 mm of rain.
Farmers in Maguindanao province have been suffering from the brunt of a dry spell and complained that their farmlands were getting drier every day.
In Albay province, disaster officials are bracing for the onset of a dry spell that could trigger power outages, a drop in agricultural production and a rise in heat-related diseases, Gov.
She explained that one criteria in declaring a dry spell was three consecutive months of below normal rainfall, which would mean that they would need to wait until the end of March to determine if a dry spell has already been experienced in the province.
New satellite images of warming Pacific waters indicate Southern California may be entering a dry spell that could last at least 20 years, NASA scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Wednesday.
A dry spell until early afternoon had clerk of the course Philip Arkwright reporting: "I thought when I walked round late morning that it had dried out a bit, then there was a heavy shower and that has damped it down again.
Water quality at Ventura beaches earned nearly straight A's this summer, thanks more to a dry spell from Mother Nature than efforts to curtail pollution, a Heal the Bay report card issued Thursday says.